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Cute as a button bracelet

Dress up this simple peyote stitch band with sparkling crystal buttons

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 3 mm Crystaletts buttons (www.crystaletts.com)
    • 41 color A (rose in black rhodium bezel)
    • 14 color B (aqua Bohemica in black rhodium bezel)
  • 6 g 1.5 mm cube beads (Toho 1C221, bronze)
    • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 457G, metallic golden bronze; www.beadhaven.com)
    • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki F460I, olivine bronze matte metallic iris; www.beyondbeadery.com)
  • 2-strand slide clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11

INSTRUCTIONS

Cute as a button bracelet fig 1
Figure 1

Band

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Pick up nine 1.5 mm cube beads, which will shift to form the first two rows as row 3 is added.

2. Work the next two rows as follows:

Row 3: Work four stitches in flat odd-count peyote stitch using cubes. Pick up the final cube of the row, and work the odd-count figure-8 turn. You are now in position to start row 4. 
Row 4: Work four stitches using cubes.

3. Work as in rows 3 and 4 until you have a total of 12 rows (you’ll have six cubes along each straight edge of the band).

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Figure 2

4. Work the next six rows as follows, keeping your tension consistent but not tight. Note: After row 13, you may find it easier to see the stitches if you work on the back of the band so the button faces away from you.

Row 13: Work as follows (refer to FIGURE 1):
• Work two stitches using cubes. 
• Work a stitch using a color A 3 mm Crystaletts button. 
• Work a stitch using a cube.
• Pick up a cube, and work an odd-count turn.

Row 14: Work four stitches using cubes, sewing through the button as if it were a bead (FIGURE 2).

Row 15: Work in modified odd-count peyote stitch as follows:

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Figure 3

• Work two stitches using cubes, and then sew through the button and the next up-bead in the previous row without picking up a bead (FIGURE 3, a–b). 
• Work a stitch using a cube (b–c).
• Pick up a cube, and work an odd-count turn (c–d). 

Row 16: Work in modified odd-count peyote stitch as follows (d–e): 
• Work a stitch using a cube.
• Pick up a cube, and sew through the button. 
• Work two stitches using cubes.

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Figure 4

Rows 17 and 18: Work in flat odd-count peyote stitch using cubes (FIGURE 4).

5. Repeat step 4 for the desired length band minus the last 12 rows and 1 in. (2.5 cm) for the clasp. End and add thread as needed.

6. Work 12 rows of flat odd-count peyote using cubes. Make sure the number of cubes along each edge of the band is divisible by three. Do not end the working thread or tail.

 

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Figure 5

Clasp

1. Work one stitch with a cube. Pick up an 11/0 seed bead, an A, an 11/0, seven 15/0 seed beads, a loop of the clasp, and an 11/0. Sew back through the A, positioning the button so it is face up on the bracelet. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next three beads at the end of the band (FIGURE 5).

Repeat this connection to attach the other loop of the clasp, and then work an odd-count turn. Retrace the thread path to reinforce the connection, and end the working thread.

2. Remove the stop bead from the tail, and work as in step 1 to add the other half of the clasp to this end of the band. End the tail.

Cute as a button bracelet fig 6
Figure 6

Edging

1. Add 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of thread to one end of the band, and exit the second cube along one edge with the needle pointing away from the band. 

2. Pick up an 11/0, three 15/0s, and an 11/0. Skip the next cube along the edge of the band, sew down through the following cube, and continue up through the next cube. You have just completed one edging unit (FIGURE 6). Repeat this step for the length of the band. 

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit the second cube along the other edge, and repeat step 2.

Cute as a button bracelet fig 7
Figure 7

4. Sew through the beadwork to exit the second cube along the first edge, and sew through the first 11/0 in the first edging unit. Pick up an A, skip the three 15/0s, and sew down through the next 11/0 and the cube directly below it (FIGURE 7, a–b). 

5. Sew through the beadwork to skip the next edging unit, and exit the first 11/0 in the following edging unit (b–c). Pick up a color B 3 mm Crystaletts button, skip the next three 15/0s, and sew down through the following 11/0 and the cube directly below it. 

6. Work as in step 5, but pick up an A instead of a B. 

7. Repeat step 5, alternating As and Bs, for the length of the band.

8. Sew through the beadwork to the other edge, and repeat steps 4–7 to embellish this edge of the band. End the thread.

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